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Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind
August 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
One event on June 30, 2019 at 2:30 pm
One event on August 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm
Explaining how the idea for her novel came to her, Margaret Mitchell said, “in the cradle.” She had heard so much as a child about the battles and the hard times following the Civil War, she believed for a long time that her parents had actually been through it. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was first published in 1936 and sold more than 1 million copies in its first six months of publication. It is reputed to be the second most-read book in the world, after the Bible.
This tour visits the gravesites of Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh, as well as other Mitchell family members and pioneers of Atlanta. Meet several residents Margaret Mitchell is believed to have used as a basis for characters in Gone with the Wind. While none of the characters in the novel are specifically based on real-life people, she scrambled appearances and personalities of some she knew and knew of, to weave a compelling saga of a world turned upside down.
This hour-long tour begins at 6:30 pm at the Visitors Center at the Bell Tower.
Students: (with ID) $6
Seniors: (65 and older) $6
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: Free
Note: Not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please use your discretion when planning your tour visit.